Dancer, Actor, Singer
Troy McLaughlin is a native of Richmond, Virginia who now proudly lives in Vancouver. He holds a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There he studied with Judith Jamison, tap great Lavaughn Robinson, and members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and Jo Jo Smith's Dance Factory. Troy co-founded Tap Team Two with Robert Burden Jr. and has danced with Manhattan Tap and had the privilege of working with the late great Harold Nicholas of The Nicholas Brothers. Outside of working on TV and Film as a triple threat performer and choreographer, Highlights of Troy's career include performing in Disney's The Lion King, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, The Radio City Rockettes Show, The Siegfried and Roy Show, as Richard Pryor's tap dancing conscience in "Pryor Offences", and entertaining the troops for the U.S Dept. of Defense.
Troy has also choreographed for musicals, industrial shows, and dance companies worldwide. And taught at numerous universities, public schools, and dance studios. He was a featured tap dancer in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics, choreographed the movie GUNLESS with Paul Gross, assisted in the creation of flying sequences for Broadway’s Spiderman, and Directed/Choreographed for Norwegian Cruise Line. Troy is the creator of the western Canadian tap anthem THE WEST COAST RIFF and of the BODY BEATS fitness program.
His company Troy’s BopShop brings dance into the school system, theatres (and wherever it’s needed, www.bopshop.ca). The company has worked in Vancouver, Las Vegas and Australia to name a few. Whether it’s hip hop, body percussion, musical theatre, or creative movement and choreography, through teaching students and teachers of all levels and ages he helps them gain confidence and close in on their potential.
Under the Umbrella of Troy’s Bop Shop there’s also Troy McLaughlin’s Dance Works that has created 4 full-length shows. The first was I HAVE A DREAM which reflected on civil rights trailblazers in dance and and their influences today. It premiered at the Orpheum Annex. The company also created the tap and flamenco telling of the musicals WESTSIDE STORY and GREASE with The Karen Flamenco Company, which premiered at the Vancouver Playhouse. The latest show being S.T.I.L. (Stuff That I Like) an eclectic mix of jazz, tap, body percussion and other “stuff that I like”.